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  1. Brothers in arms on homemade straps 127,372,587
  2. Evening all. Gosh, time does fly. - One minute we are laughing at Jetmid and TRL's and the next we are sitting here ( many of us ) with more grey and less hair. Back from the days of V1, early now v2 seems a lifetime ago and RIP to those we have lost along the way. Maybe a lesson to us all to take what we can from each day. Anyway. - Hope your all keeping well.. me, still chasing that 'ultimate' fiddy All the best J
  3. You mean they upgraded to what could be classed as an 'MRL' ? - Missed out on these for sure On reflection tho', if it's not a 1:1 TRL, then I can understand why they didn't do well.
  4. Mainly for the older members, 😀 Do the Cartels still issue TRL's
  5. Been off site for a few years - had a quick nosey at some trader sites - A7750's for over $500 Back in the day you'd buy/expect a swiss for that. - Good to see still being marketed as 'Best copy/version/1:1copy' etc. Still using my Rolex Submariner 2846 swiss I got off Tribal here in Feb 09- Provided faultless service ever since and patina bracelet scuff marks, making it look better. Still got the original case 196, 2005 edition (tho' needs bit of keywork or new mvt) Been looking at B. Bentley's for a few years, I'll decide someday. Anyway hi, to all old & new members - All watches still being issued with TRL's I imagine ? J
  6. Hi guys, The hour hand on my Pam 196 is loose, just needs resetting on the spindle. Can I do this myself, i.e remove caseback and take movement out to push hand down ? If so can you advise how the movement comes out of the watch ? - not done this on this watch and don't want to undo something thats gonna go ping and fly under the sofa... Is this an easy thing to do or should I take it to a watchsmith - i.e what screws etc I need to undo to remove crowns etc, cheers
  7. Years ago to get anywhere near a decent looking 1:1 there was no choice - you had to mod. A lot of members learnt this hobby and as proven on here there have been some absolute outstanding examples of watches built - all makes. OTB items now are indeed very wearable, I myself have watches from RWG back from 2004/05 which are now deemed as 'classic' reps lol - but my daily wearer for the last 2 years or so has in actual fact been a GMT II whs but I love it - looks exact how I want it too. Fact is there have been thousands of members come and go, ask a few questions, purchase a watch and never seen again - it's only a very small % who go on to modify the watches further. It is a hobby for sure - and one that over the years I've been proud to be have been a part of. Very helpful members on here and lots of knowledge. Now then theat reminds me... I must get the 196 fixed..
  8. The rep world has moved on a lot in the last few years with some of the new outta box items being very good - many years ago it was more of a hunt to get that item and as we always see on this board are references to the 05' this and 06' that - just for a bit of fun - lets see your old reps from pre end of 06' so the newer members can see the stuff no longer available that has long since passed into the halls of time. Still on my wrist today, is the legendary 05' 196 - enjoy The old school 05' SMP 2824 The early stages of the 'Noobmariner' < early 06'
  9. < avatar is as is cos i spend all my life runnning around with a big fat pam on my wrist ( those that know the cartoons of Billywhiz )
  10. Thx for sharing those pics chronoluvvv Bottom pic does look good. Looks like an early christmas present to ones self coming my way
  11. Think I gonna get me one of these. Only tried the Gen on, I know I'm going to be upset by the qual of rep glass but hopefully if I talk nicely to chief - I'll be happy. Anyone have a good pic of the 6.75 with the rep bracelet - is the rep bracelet at least 90% in terms of weight ? Like my heavy watches. Thx all
  12. Finally, got it back again, huge props to Coolfire for the mvt and Dizzy for the bracelet My 'Old case' 196 early 05' daylight This was my daily beater for ages but then due to a crapped cannion pin it became a paperweight for over 18 months, nothing came close to the weight and feel and I was proper upset. I was about to give up hope of ever getting it working again. But thanks to you guys it's back where it belongs, on my wrist and with my local watchmaker ( who specialises in 7750 mvts and his princley fee of
  13. I do a thousand things lol - depends what day, music production ( club house, old 90's rave ) photographic prints, ( all and everything ) club doorman ( naah mate, you can't come in ) , project manager ( FTSE 100 company ), car tester ( nice R8 the other week ) + other stuff to keep me busy Lots of fingers in lots of pies - only way to be, network yourself in case one of them goes pop and your in the poop $$ wise. Wanted to be a bikini designer.... sigh, oh well maybe one day
  14. brillant watch & yay go me > made it as 80,000 replies on the rolex sub forum - woop woop
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